"Born in 1919 in Los Angeles, Walt Stanchfield began his career in animation in 1937, right out of high school, at the Charles Mintz Studio. He served in the U.S. Navy, then joined the Walter Lantz Studio prior to his lengthy tenure at The Walt Disney Studios. There he worked on every full-length animated feature between The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) and The Great Mouse Detective (1986).
"Walt’s writing started in the 1970s, when veteran animators at the Disney Studio were at the end of their illustrious careers and new talent was pouring into the studio. Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston turned to writing their iconic book The Illusion of Life and Stanchfield focused on establishing a training program for new animators with veteran animator and director Eric Larson. Walt held regular weekly drawing classes and lectures for the crew. Among the young talent: Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Joe Ranft, John Musker, Ron Clements, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Mark Henn, and so many others.
"Walt’s writing became the bible of animation for a very young enthusiastic crew of artists that would eventually create films like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.
"Drawn to Life is one of the strongest primers on animation ever written. The material spares no detail on the craft of animation, but also digs deep into the artistic roots of the medium. "